Last Saturday evening as I was running along the river Rhine together with numerous other fellow women runners my mind drifted back to the busy week I had at Sapphire Orlando from May 17 – May 19.  Running is a great way to streamline your thought process and kind of get into a flow. I would recommend everybody who are juggling multiple projects both at work and home consider going for a run as it helps you streamline your thought process completely.

Compared to the tons of messages filled in my head when I got back home from Orlando I was able to focus on the key messages especially for those of you out there working in the integration space.

  • Across all keynotes it was clear that the Cloud Integration service of the HANA Cloud Platform is the default integration technology for all SAP solutions
  • The SAP API Business Hub which was launched at Sapphire will be the central catalog of APIs exposed by SAP Solutions (HCP, S/4 HANA, SuccessFactors, Ariba etc.)
  • SAP packs a powerful punch with the combination of well-defined APIs, packaged integration content on HANA Cloud Platform and the best in class cloud integration technology with HANA Cloud Integration

I myself had quite some sessions and meetings with customers at Sapphire and ASUG which went into exploring many of these topics in detail. Especially the session around exploring the extensions and integration in SAP S/4 HANA received a lot of attention from customers who wanted to understand how their integration and extension strategy would shape up compared to what they do today and how it would look like with S/4.  I really enjoyed moderating the ASUG roundtable on cloud integration as it was completely slide ware free and everybody could share their cloud adoption journey, their challenges with integration and how SAP and the ecosystem is working together to address most of these challenges.

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I enjoyed showing the demo around sentiment analysis in the context of S/4 HANA bringing together HCP, the packaged integration content as well as the  sentiment analysis module in S/4 HANA. This is a classical example of a digital transformation story in action. You use HANA Cloud Platform Integration Service to integrate with all the social media channels like Twitter, Facebook etc and push this data into the sentiment analysis module in S/4 HANA where you can slice and dice the data to take actionable insights as well as have targeted campaigns for specific user groups interested in your product portfolio.  If you are interested to know more I wrote an SAP Insider article as part of a series of articles around ‘How SAP S/4 HANA is evolving’

If you have questions on any of these sessions or around our cloud integration strategy do not hesitate to get in touch with me Sindhu Gangadharan

Looking forward to hearing from your side. Last but not least check out the keynote by SAP Executive Board Member Bernd Leukert.

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  1. Eng Swee Yeoh

    Hi Sindhu

    Thank you for sharing the key messages from Sapphire around integration. Would be actually great if someone blogged about the key takeaways/sharings from the roundtable talks.

    I recently read Gartner’s Q1 report on IPaaS. Wondering what are SAP’s plans to address the items listed under “Caution”?

    Cloud Integration service of the HANA Cloud Platform is the default integration technology for all SAP solutions

    As much as I like HCI’s Camel-based architecture, from a developer’s point of view (especially those of us from PI background) there is still a lot to be desired in terms of feature/functionality and ease of use.

    TBH, if I were to be asked to switch completely to HCI, I’d find it a struggle to design/develop solutions for some integration requirements that I do today on PI.

    Regards

    Eng Swee

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